Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Splish Splash! (I saw something nasty in the woodshed!)

Emotional scenes took place here, yesterday, as we said goodbye to an old friend.
She, who has spent the past eight years breathing down our necks, every time we have taken a
bath...and probably seen far more than she ought!! Ha ha!! LOL!
I nicknamed her 'Athena'.

Now you might possibly think that this bathroom is ok..and I suppose it was 'passable'.
Indeed, when we viewed the property, the Estate Agent's details did state...'A luxurious bathroom'.

At a distance it did look just that...but just not our taste!

And so on Monday, it was goodbye to her..and to this less than delightful scene.

And here we bathroom renovation underway!
OMG what have we done!

Upon ripping all of this out, our wonderful builder discovered a small pot, behind the vanity unit.

Opening it, we discovered a 19p stamp, a new penny and a note, which read:

'This bathroom conversion (from the coal and woodshed) was constructed in May 1990 for Mr and Mrs E.F. Saunders.'

(Of course, Dear Mr Snippets, ever the clown, wanted to put his own note in the pot stating:

This bathroom conversion, constructed in 1990,was so **** that we ripped it out!)

LOL..Nuff said!

Now this is where the real fun begins and I know that it's going to look wonderful when it is finished! Which won't be long!

So what exactly are we doing?

Well, you'll just have to wait and see but it does involve tongue and groove, Farrow and Ball and some fabulous fabric called Delphiniums by Philip Jacobs, for my curtains...although maybe not in the colour that you think!!

All will be revealed!


Meanwhile...Happy Bathtimes..and just watch out who is breathing down your neck! ;-)


Josie-Mary said...

ha ha Mr Snippets a card isn't he??? Did you hear about Stephen Hawkins on the news... :( ??!!!
The bathroom would not be to my taste but you get use to living with things like that. The new one sounds lovely, can't wait to see the finish results. How long will it take? Living without a bathroom would not be fun!! :) x

This Vintage Life... said...

I'll look forward to seeing what you do...although I must admit I hope Mr and Mrs Saunders weren't reading this post!
Deb x

Floss said...

Farewell, Athena! We are currently living with a less that tasteful downstairs bathroom, as you've had to do - we've done what we could (changed the orange walls for white, which improved the burgundy pin-striped tiles about as much as possible). We have an upstairs bathroom which we installed, so I just try not to think too much about the downstairs one until we too have time and money to make some real changes. I'll be looking to yours for inspiration, however!

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

Hi Sal, Mr Snippets has set me wondering what may be written if I were to find a similar note behind the work in my bathroom. My fixtures are Peach. ( Of course, it sounds much more "Country Living" when I describe as "Corset Pink".)SueX

Menopausal musing said...

Isn't it wonderful to come across stuff like that in houses? I love the secrets they keep. You surely must put a message back in the pot....Yes? x

galant said...

We always put a message behind any wallpaper that we put up, giving the date the old paper was stipped off and the new paper applied. And when we built a wall in our garden a few years ago we put a time capsule into it, with the names and dates of birth of all those living here are the time, and some photos, and a coin or two ... I think some other things went into it but I can no longer remember what!
Margaret P
PS Lovely to see the back of that bathroom, though. So neat and clean and absolutely vile, eh? We have two small bathrooms. One is a downstairs shower room, the other an upstairs bathroom. They have perfectly good 'champagne' coloured suites that we're reluctant to rip out (i.e. they don't look bad enough to get rid of although any sane person would much prefer pure white) but eventually we hope to decorate the shower room. I love the sound of the Delphinium fabric - my mother once had some gorgeous fabric with which she made curtains. It had a white background, and on it there looked to be huge dark blue and purple tulips! That makes the material sound grotesque but it was very elegant.
Margaret P

Miaou said...

Ooooh, renovations are always scary when the old is gone and the new isn't started ... !

I have given you an award Sal - skip over to my blog to find out more! ;-)

Anonymous said...

How exciting to be doing a makeover!
I'm sure that with your taste, it will be turned into something stunning...can't wait to see it!
LOVED Mr.Snippets comment...think I would feel the same!!!
Have fun!
Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

Sue said...

Wow! you've got a project on your hands. Kitchens and bathrooms are the worst! Any hints on what the new colour scheme will be?
Sue :o)

Anonymous said...

That really made me smile.
Can't wait to see the new look xx

twiggypeasticks said...

Sal that is so funny, my sister had her bathroom decorated about 10years ago and had these tiles put in. She asked my then 13 year old nephew what he thought, he looked at the lady on the tiles, thought for a minute and said, MINGING!!!
tee hee
PS We decorated our bathroom at our old house with tongue and groove and painted the bathroom in a beach hut stylee it was soooo pretty. Have fun.

cocoa and blankets said... are funny...I hope Mr S leaves the letter, my dad always left a piece of newspper with a date behind or hidden in any of his diy for people to find in the future....

THIS'N'THAT said...

Hi, Wishing you all the best with your major works in the bathroom department. When I read that it was converted partly from the woodshed and also your comments on it I felt it was a safe bet to remind you of that phrase from Cold Comfort farm (I think?)... "There's something nasty in the woodshed."
Can't recall who said it though.
Anyway, I'm surte that there will soon be something quite beautiful in your woodshed!

Cowboys and Custard said...

I love stories like this Sal... to find a pot of treasure.. however modest, is always a thrill!
Your new bathroom will be a thing of splendour and I can foresee a turnstile on the door for visitors!


Sal said...

YES! It was Ada Doom who said it.
I went to see it last year,at the Northcott Theatre. It was BRILLIANT!! LOL ;-)

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Sal,
Good luck with your exciting conversion...Hope things aren't too dusty, as I imagine taking a bath is a problem just now! ;-))
I love the sound of the painted T&G and fabric that you plan to use(and no lady looking over your shoulder!)
Good luck - look forward to seeing the finished room,
Niki x

BusyLizzie said...

Good luck with the renovations.. I look forward to seeing what happens next!
We are having some renovations done soon, so I am bracing myself.. and drooling over Farrow & Ball paint charts!
Lizzie x

http://lavenderhouse.typepad.comh said...

How lovely to get a new bathroom, find the note and have a funny husband! His sense of humour must see you through all sorts!

Love Emma xxxxx

Rosie said...

You did make me laugh this morning:) Brings back memories of when we first moved to our present house - the bathroom was still tiled in bright pink patterned tiles from the 1970s -when the house was built - we lived with them for about 4 years before we were able to refurbish the bathroom!

Tillybud said...

That made me laugh. We are just nearing the end of our bathroom reno. oh joy!

Country Cottage Chic said...

You should definitely add a note & hide it again for the next person to find!

We had a fountain of fuschias on the tiles in our bathroom when we moved in but they are long gone now.

Anonymous said...

Love the new bathroom hated the old and can see why you would have changed it! We are currently on our 3rd and final bathroom, all different, one completely tiled, one painted but ultra modern and now the last shabby chic with a free standing foot bath...I searched lemon bathrooms and yours came up...Love it!